Jesus Picture

It has been reported that the above picture of Jesus has touched the hearts of countless men and women.  Supposedly, this picture was based off of the Shroud of Turin.  Feel free to comment with your initial thoughts.

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8 Responses

  1. Jesus was beaten beyond recognition (Isa 52:14 NIV) Just as there were many who were appalled at him — his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness—
    Knowing this how could the Shroud of Turin be the Shroud of Jesus? The man the Shroud of Turin mirrors has not been disfigured.
    It does not touch my heart, because it does not remind me of what Jesus endured for me.

  2. Hi astudent,
    I think what the originators of this picture did was create a likeness based from the shroud without the injuries.

    I think I like the eyes the most personally. They show love and heavenly conviction.

  3. The picture itself has no intrinsic ability to arouse emotional responses. People simply recognize the similarity between it and the Shroud of Turin which has been floating around for about 500 years and has been in the news since I was a young child. I’m 54 so I’ve been seeing pictures of it for at least 44 years. Probably longer.

    Emotional responses to religious imagery and objects are brought on by peoples needs and expectations and what has been programmed into them from the cradle. Our religious beliefs are generally the same as our parents and their are the same as their parents. Basically, we’ve been brain washed and we brain wash our children. A child in its natural state is an atheist and would more than likely remain an atheist if left to its own devices. We have to be taught about god and religious beliefs and practices just as we have to be taught about democracy and voting and capitalism and the use of money and earning it.

    If you tell a child about the various religious beliefs available, allow them to attend Bible School with their friends and even take them to a variety of different churches over the course of their childhood, answering their questions about what you believe with a noncomittal “I don’t know the answers, I’m unsure.” more than likely you are going to raise nonbelievers. At least that has been the case for me and several of my friends who did not want to shove our lack of belief down our kids throats.

  4. HI bairbresine52,
    first I want to say thanks for the post and thoughts 🙂

    I would disagree with your claim that a child in his/her natural state is an atheist. Atheist is defined as “a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings”. Denying and disbelieving imply prior exposure to the concept, and then making a decision. A child without exposure (as you describe) can’t make a decision on being an atheist – and therefore would not be considered one.

    I also disagree with the term “brain wash”. This implies that children blindly accept their parents’ ideals. I know I certainly don’t. Also, your analysis doesn’t allow for learning through personal experience.

    Last, you assume that exposure to a variety of options implies confusion, and therefore disbelief. It is possible that this scenario could happen, but it is equally possible for the opposite to occur. Confusion results in questions, questions lead to studying, studying leads to answers, answers lead to convictions. Is it possible that answers (found through personal experience, not “brain washing”) can come from religion? Yes.

    Again, thanks for the post!

  5. Aw-shucks Justin. You missed my point completely. The Bible says that his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness. The actual image (not just the picture that you posted) depicted from the Shroud shows a man who’s nose is not even broken. The face of Jesus would have been swollen and broken. That is probably why no one recognized Him: until He spoke. If his form was marred beyond human likeness how could anyone create a likeness from an imprint on a burial shroud? His face would not have even looked like a human face, so the imprint would not look like a face.

  6. Hi astudent,
    sorry I missed your point. I happen to believe that that there might be something to the Shroud. If you want, take a look at this website. It is interesting to say the least.

    http://www.shroudforum.com/

  7. It’s a load of crap! Do you think Christ was lying there for three days looking at the Shroud with His eyes open and the shroud magically captured his image?

    Jesus was a Jew and looked nothing like the long haired Hollywood Jesus we have come to know. He was a semitic guy with middle eastern appearance and probably looks more like an Arab the picture above.

  8. A child is a nonbeliever? Only when the parent answers a question with one answer only…
    When asked a question from a child, it is always worthwhile to give a few “answers”. Saying, “some people believe this…and some people believe that…” works better for me. Ending with, “and you may believe what you want” is educational and supportive of his/her pursuit of belief.

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